• Mental Health Services

    PUSD's Student Wellness and Support Services houses two unique internal mental health departments dedicated to providing mental health services to our student community. PUSD Mental Health Services and THRIVE: School Mental Health aim to provide a spectrum of comprehensive, integrated, culturally sensitive services that support the academic achievements of PUSD students by addressing mental, social, and emotional barriers. 

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PUSD Mental Health Services

  • Erica Villalpando, LCSW

    Manager, PUSD Mental Health Services

    1520 N. Raymond Avenue Bldg 7

    Pasadena, CA 91103 

    (626) 396-5920 x 10998

  • Services Provided

    • Individual therapy provided at school, community, phone, or virtual
    • Family therapy
    • Collateral parent / caregiver sessions
    • Targeted case management
    • Crisis intervention
    • Community outreach services
    • Prevention and early intervention services
    • Medication support
    • Behavioral support



    • Children and adolescents 5-21 years of age enrolled in PUSD and/or living in the Pasadena area
    • Must have Medi-Cal Insurance

    How to Refer

    • Contact Erica Villalpando, Manager of PUSD Mental Health Services at (626) 396-5920 or mentalhealth@pusd.us


THRIVE: School Mental Health

  • Lara Choulakian, LCSW

    Manager, THRIVE: School Mental Health

    351 S. Hudson Avenue Room 208

    Pasadena, CA 91109 

    (626) 396-3600 x 88233

  • Services Provided

    • Individual, group, and family therapy
    • Attendance support
    • Intensive case management
    • Crisis intervention services
    • District-wide mental health crisis planning, training, and support
    • School emotional support to school sites
    • Linking to community resources and agencies
    • Clinical expertise and knowledge during IEP and SST meetings, as requested



    • No Insurance (Uninsured)
    • Private Insurance

    How to Refer

    • Contact Lara Choulakian, Manager of THRIVE: School Mental Health at (626) 396-3600 x 88233 or at choulakian.lara@pusd.us

  • Social Work Intern Program

    Student Wellness and Support Services Mental Health Department works in partnership with Master of Social Work interns from USC, APU, CSUN, and CSULB. MSW Interns receive supervised training involving individual, group, and family therapy, intake assessment, attendance support, intensive case management, and crisis intervention. In addition, interns receive training in program development, outreach skills, and various specialized therapeutic skills involving students.


    2021-22 MSW Interns

    Lauren Cedana, Yareli Cervantes, Lorilynn Luong, Desiree Butler, Ishita Kanungo, Victoria Klett, David Lerman, Keree McGuire, Maryes Reyes-Sylvain, Sandra Soto, Ira Stone, Porter Tolkin, Nicole Wong-Franklin, Ricardo Romero, Natalie Sansur, Eric Uwagboi



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